October 22, 2000 |
A state commission is expected Monday to raise California's minimum wage by $1 an hour over the next two years, starting with a 50-cent boost Jan. 1. The hike would directly benefit more than 1 million California workers who now earn the minimum of $5.75 per hour or close to it. The impact would be felt most deeply in Los Angeles, home to a large class of immigrant workers who are chronically employed in full-time minimum wage jobs, such as assembly and food processing.
August 18, 2000 |
A labor panel appointed by Gov. Gray Davis wants to raise California's minimum wage from $5.75 to $6.75 an hour by 2002, making it one of the nation's highest. The Industrial Welfare Commission on Thursday formally endorsed the proposal. The increase would consist of two 50-cent raises, one in January and another a year later, when Davis is running for reelection.
May 28, 1999 |
Acting on a centerpiece of organized labor's agenda, the state Assembly on Thursday night approved legislation requiring overtime pay to workers after an eight-hour workday. The measure by Assemblyman Wally Knox (D-Los Angeles), passed by a 48-30 margin, restores the eight-hour overtime rule that was repealed two years ago by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson's administration. Currently, overtime for millions of employees doesn't kick in until 40 hours are worked in a single week.
September 1, 1997 |
Millions of Americans are scheduled to get a raise today when the federally mandated minimum wage rises to $5.15 an hour. In California, the increase is 15 cents an hour, up from the state minimum of $5 an hour. But across most of the United States, fast-food workers, retail clerks, gas-station attendants and others will be earning 40 cents an hour more when they report to work as the second phase of a federal hike goes into effect. California and federal wage laws are leapfrogging each other.
March 1, 1997 |
The minimum hourly wage for hundreds of thousands of California workers rises today by 25 cents to $5. The increase stems from the overwhelming approval of union-backed Proposition 210 by voters in November. It marks the second rise in the minimum wage received by workers in the state in five months. In addition, two more increases--another federal increase and then a second state boost--will occur over the next 12 months, lifting the minimum wage to $5.75 in March 1998.
January 29, 1997 |
California will rack up double-digit growth in jobs, income and population in the next 10 years, outpacing the nation's economic expansion, a California economic institute reported Tuesday. California in the year 2005 will have 38.2 million people, a 10-year gain of 18.5%, according to the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. Those Californians will be working at 17.4 million jobs, a 19% increase, the study said, and enjoy total income of $1.1 trillion, a 35% gain.